Friday, June 17, 2016

Rayne, LA: Frog Capital of the World

Small towns have a need to proclaim their place in the sun. In the process, some have some extraordinary claims to fame.

Rayne, Louisiana styles itself "The Frog Capital of the World." And they have an amusing statue of a top-hatted frog:




Rayne is also known as The City of Murals. Often these are frog-themed. Here's a few to inform and mostly entertain you:





Clearly, this is a place where Kermit would feel at home. After all, it isn't easy being green! There's even more; some neat statuary in front of stores:






Why did Rayne become so froggy? Well, it seems that a restauranteur from New York City tried some, liked them, and added them to the menu. They were a hit. And other restaurants started featuring frogs' legs. And eventually the town started shipping them to Paris and other places on the Continent. No, the French were referred to as 'frogs' much earlier, because of this dietary proclivity they already supposedly had. But that's another story.

It's not hard being green in Rayne, Louisiana.


10 comments:

John Hill said...

Thanks for the education!

Deena said...

That is a sporty little frog statue!

Mike said...

That's got to be one noisy town at night.

TexWisGirl said...

too cute. makes me want to sing, 'hello my baby, hello my honey, hello my ragtime gal...' hope you get that reference from bugs bunny cartoons...

Big Sky Heidi said...

Toads demand equal coverage.

Cloudia said...

FABULOUS topic, handled deftly & amusingly! [per usual dear Angel] I wanna visit!


Frog Parking ONLY, Heidi. ALL others will be toad

Elvis Wearing a Bra on His Head said...

It seems like a fun place!

Linda Kay said...

Frogs and toads, not a favorite of mine. Kind of creepy critters.

eViL pOp TaRt said...

Thanks for your comments, all!

Arlee Bird said...

I've passed by the Rayne exit many times driving on I-10 on my way from Houston to Tennessee or Florida. Might have stopped for gas a time or two and maybe searched for some boudin, but never saw any of the frog stuff. May have to look a little more closely next time I'm driving by.

Arlee Bird
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